Look Out! The 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016 #OpenTable100

As hungry sightseers travel around the nation this summer, we are excited to unveil the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016

Highlighting restaurants set against dramatic urban backdrops to those located along breathtaking waterfronts, the complete list features winning restaurants in 34 states and includes Duke’s in Malibu, The Rainbow Room in New York, and Seven Glaciers in Girdwood, Alaska. The coastal state of California earned nearly one quarter of winning restaurants with 24, followed by Washington with 10, and Florida with seven. Michigan, Nevada, and New York boast four honorees apiece. Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia have three each. Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, and Utah all claim two honorees. Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin are also represented.

American fare restaurants were most common on the list, but seafood also proved popular. International menus, such as Asian, global, Latin American, and Peruvian are present as well as diner favorites French, Italian, and steakhouse cuisines.

Check out a slideshow of select winners of our awards for the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016 below.

The 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America list is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners between July 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “great for outdoor dining” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners:Continue Reading

Top Trends at the 2015 100 Best Restaurants in America

Blog Best word cloud copyEarlier today, we unveiled the 2015 100 Best Restaurants in America, and as diverse as the list is, there is an abundance of common features at the winners, from the food to the setting and beyond.

In contrast to our 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies, which showcased newer eateries serving smaller plates in more casual settings, these honorees are less chef-driven and more about the overall experience (although you will absolutely find top-flight chefs behind the burners (like Daniel Humm). Everything is on point, every moment and bite carefully orchestrated. These are the restaurants where we go to celebrate special occasions as well as to make any day seem extraordinary. Read on to discover the top trends at the 2015 100 Best Restaurants in America.

LUXE INGREDIENTS LIKE LOBSTER + FOIE GRAS
This may be the year of the wood sheep, but if the menus at this year’s winners are any indication, it was more like the year of the lobster. Maine lobster trappers have taken in another epic haul and demand is on the rise at top restaurants. And with the ban on foie gras repealed in California, it seems more fashionable than ever, despite the controversy surrounding it.
Seen at: Bouchard Restaurant and Inn,  Joseph TambelliniLaurel, Norman’s at the Ritz-Carltono yaSonoma, and Yono’s Restaurant, among others.

FORMAL WEAR
Do you like to dress for dinner? Then you’re in luck. Don your jackets and ties. Bust out that LBD. And head to one of the many honorees that indicate a jacket is required or preferred (apologies to Phil Collins).
Seen at: Addison RestaurantChez FrancoisDel PostoThe French RoomL’Auberge Chez François, and Quince Restaurant, among others.

TASTING MENUS
Nearly three years ago, writer Corby Kummer started a rhubarb of epic proportion when he came out against the so-called tyranny of the tasting menu in an article in Vanity Fair. And, yet the tasting menu is alive and well at the winning restaurants, with many offering it alongside an a la carte or prix-fixe choice. In fact, it is the only option several restaurants provide, reflecting diners’ desire for a more curated experience that tasting menus allow.
Seen at: AteraCastagna RestaurantThe CellarsFearrington House Restaurantn/naka, and Vetri, among others.

PHILADELPHIA
Look over your shoulder, New York. The PHL is gaining on you. Seven (!) of the 2015 100 Best Restaurants are located in the City of Brotherly Love (which we should maybe call the City of Culinary Love). From Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau’s plant-forward Vedge, which has made a national splash and ignited our appetites for vegetables, to longtime local fine dining fave Vetri, this town stands on its own merits and is no longer New York City’s sixth borough.
Seen at: LaurelVernick Food & DrinkVolverTalula’s Garden, and Zahav, also.

GAME MEATS
Moo-ve over, beef. Game meats are pushing you to the margins of the menu. Diners are finally catching on to what chefs have known all along – game’s got game. With selections such as venison, quail, rabbit, and elk staking claim to entrée offerings, steak knives just may need a new moniker.
Seen at: AmbienceArtisanal RestaurantForageMarché ModerneRestaurant Lorena’s, and Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, among others.Continue Reading

2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America + 16 Delicious Instagrammable Dishes

The results of our most delicious annual awards are in! Work up an appetite and make a reservation at one of the OpenTable 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing both new and established restaurants in some of the nation’s most rapidly growing dining destinations, the complete list features winning restaurants in 22 states and the District of Columbia, and includes Al’s Place in San Francisco, La Vara in Brooklyn, and Parachute in Chicago. The honorees show a commitment to local, sustainable sourcing and the creation of craft cocktails, soulful plates, many of which are finished in wood-fired ovens, and warm hospitality. Check out these 16 dishes from the winning restaurants that should be on every foodie’s must-try list.

Newer restaurants proved most popular, with a quarter of the eateries having opened in 2015 alone, and the majority of honorees were founded in the last five years. Restaurants serving American fare dominate the awards; however, the list represents cuisines from every corner of the globe, including Asian, Basque, French, Israeli, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian. Geographically speaking, New York has 12 winning restaurants, followed by California with 11, Texas with nine, and Minnesota and Oregon with eight each. Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania each have six honorees, while Washington boasts five. Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Virginia have three each. Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all have two eateries. Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska, and Ohio are also represented.Continue Reading

100 Best Restaurants in the UK: TopTable’s Top Diner-Rated Restaurants Revealed

The UK has so many amazing restaurants that it’s difficult to choose the very best — but that’s precisely what TopTable diners have done. Our sister site, TopTable.com, has rounded up the 100 best restaurants in the UK, as rated by more than half a million TopTable diners. Proving that the very finest in fine dining can be found all around the UK, rather than just London, restaurants in Scotland have claimed the two tops spots. London-based restaurants made a fine showing, though, filling five of the top 10 slots.

You can read the full list over at TopTable.com. Congratulations to all the honorees!